Research Year

  • Andrew J. Luzzi, MD

    Residency Class of 2025

    Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
    Undergraduate: Cornell University

    Why did you choose Columbia Orthopedics?

    Many factors contributed to my decision to pursue orthopedic surgery residency at Columbia. Columbia Orthopedics is an exceptionally tight-knit and collaborative program, the nature of which turns resident education and the delivery of healthcare into a team effort. The intimate nature of the program facilitates the development of trust between residents and attendings, which is crucial to the progressive increase in operative autonomy necessary for effective surgical training. Furthermore, the leadership at Columbia is unparalleled. Dr. Levine, Dr. Jobin, and Dr. Lynch are incredibly invested in the program and dedicate themselves to the continued improvement of resident education.

    The opportunity to participate in a 6-year research track was also a strong draw of the program. While several programs offer this type of opportunity, I found numerous aspects of the research track offered by Columbia to be exceptionally alluring. As a participant of the 6-year research track, I will be able to spend one year prior to residency performing both basic science and clinical research. I believe that this arrangement, in contrast to one in which a research year is taken during residency, is ideal. Not only does this structure enable me to lay the groundwork for projects before starting residency, thereby maximizing the amount of time I have to do meaningful work, it also allows for my surgical training to go uninterrupted. Additionally, I will have the privilege of being a mentee of Dr. Thomopoulos, an acclaimed scientist who is an expert in rotator cuff postnatal development, healing, biomechanics, and tissue engineering.

    Lastly, of all of the positive aspects of Columbia Orthopedics, I found the most significant one to be the quality of people. Those at Columbia Orthopedics are not only extremely capable, but also authentic and compassionate - they are people who I would want as co-residents, teachers, and surgeons.

    What is your favorite bone?

    What's the best place you have traveled?
    Florence, Italy

    Where are you from?
    Litchfield, Connecticut

    Favorite restaurant in NYC?

    Favorite activity outside of work?
    Exercising and reading

    Dream concert (even if band not together or alive)?
    Frank Sinatra

    Best Pandora station for the OR?

    Favorite night float snack?

    What is your spirit animal?

About the Six-Year Research Track

The Columbia Orthopedic residency 6-year research track is designed for one resident per year to explore their research passion – whether that involves basic science, translational, or clinical research – under the mentorship of Professor Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD, director of the Carroll Laboratories for Orthopedic Surgery. The Carroll Labs include world-class scientists and resources, funded by multiple NIH R01 grants, with facilities for biomechanics, advanced imaging, molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, histology, animal and microsurgery, and cadaveric testing.

The laboratories focus on a wide range of clinical problems, including musculoskeletal soft tissue regeneration, the development and pathophysiology of the rotator cuff, intervertebral disc degeneration, joint biomechanics, and various animal models of injury and disease. The lab also collaborates with professors and physicians in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, Radiology, Microbiology, and Pathology. The 6-year research resident will be asked to choose a focus in one of the clinical sub-specialties and an additional mentor will work closely with you throughout the research year.